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  • Gaza school hit in strike: An Israeli strike early Thursday on a school sheltering displaced Palestinians in central Gaza killed more than 30 people, including 23 women and children, according to local health officials. The Israeli military said Hamas militants were operating from within the school.
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  • In the ongoing war in Ukraine, total Russian equipment losses in Ukraine have surpassed $60 billion, according to one estimate, with a few of Russia's most valuable systems and platforms packing a bigger punch than others. Here are the most revealing losses.

TL/DR:♈ “It would be unconstitutional not only for a state to imprison a President, but also for a state to impose such restrictions, on travel, for example, that would substantially hinder him in carrying out his job as President,” said Michael Dimino.

𓆉Imprisoning Donald Trump would create a massive constitutional crisis, legal experts have said.

Why it matters: ꦑWith Trump facing 34 counts, including falsifying records, legal experts like Greg Germain and Michael Dimino doubt he will receive prison time. Germain warns of a "constitutional crisis and a slew of appeals and habeas corpus challenges, and a mess for the judicial system in trying to deal with prisoner Trump.

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🌺Donald Trump's Conviction Was Meant to Sink Him in the Polls. It Hasn't

What happens now?ꦬ Trump is due to be sentenced on July 11 after he was convicted of all counts in his hush money trial in New York. Germain suggests alternatives like giving him probation or staying his sentence pending appeal. Dimino said it would be “unconstitutional not only for a state to imprison a President, but also for a state to impose such restrictions, on travel, for example, that would substantially hinder him in carrying out his job as President.”

TL/DR:𓆉 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer—who changed his "yes" vote to a "no" in a last-second procedural move that allows the bill to be voted on again, said in a statement that "Senate Republicans showed us who they are today."

꧃With a vote of 51-39, Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to block a bill that would have guaranteed access to contraceptives nationwide.

Why it matters: ൲The Right to Contraception Act aimed to establish a legal guarantee for individuals to use contraceptives and to safeguard healthcare providers' rights to distribute them. The legislation failed to achieve the 60 votes required for a full Senate vote, with all opposition coming from Republicans. A total of 51 senators voted in favor of the bill, all of whom were Democrats and independents, except moderate Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

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ꦓFrom the Archive: J.D. Vance Confronted on Republicans' Push to Block Birth Control

What happens now?ꦬ With two years having passed since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, some Democrats are hopeful that this vote will remind voters of the GOP's restrictive positions on abortion. They believe it could influence voters to prevent the GOP from extending its narrow control of the Senate this fall, fearing further restrictions.

TL/DR:♍ NATO military chiefs have sounded an alarm about a future conflict between the alliance and Russia.

♑NATO is quickly moving pieces into place to rush U.S. forces toward Eastern Europe should a wider war with Russia break out on the continent.

Why it matters: The Daily Telegraph♐ recently reported that NATO was carving out several new "land corridors" designed to speed up the transport of U.S. troops and supplies through numerous European countries toward hypothetical front lines on the alliance's eastern flank. NATO alarm bells have increasingly sounded about the possibility of a direct conflict with Russia after more than two years of war in Ukraine. Kyiv has warned that should Moscow triumph over the country, Russia will set its eyes elsewhere in Europe.

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Putin Issues Rare Statement on Ukraine War Losses

What happens now?ꦅ The new plans focus on easing the movement of U.S. troops into different theaters, likely designed to work alongside local defensive efforts, said Davis Ellison, an analyst with the Hague Center for Strategic Studies and a former strategist with NATO's Allied Command Transformation. Routes will snake through Italy, Turkey, Greece, and other areas.

TL/DR:ജ Some 41% of Americans say money matters have "destroyed" their mental health and nearly two-thirds are suffering "financial fatigue."

Financial insecurity is deteriorating Americans' mental health, according to a recent study by MarketWatch Guides shared exclusively with Newsweek.

Why it matters:♛ Even though inflation has eased considerably compared to its June 2022 peak, nearly half (47 percent) of respondents said that 2024 has been the most stressful year of their lives money-wise. But what exactly is stressing Americans out? Some 57 percent said the cause was the high price of essential goods; 47 percent pointed to their lack of savings, and 46 percent to their lack of income. Meanwhile, 37 percent blamed their debt and 39 percent the performance of the U.S. economy. Some 36 percent said that the high cost of housing was causing them stress, while 33 percent pointed to high interest rates.

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๊Biden's Brand Suffers From 'Back in the Day' Economics, Inflation's Reality

What happens now?𝓀 Economic problems remain high on the list of concerns troubling Americans ahead of the November presidential election. In its latest survey, Gallup found that 36 percent of Americans thought that economic problems were the most important issue facing the country today, with 17 percent worrying about the state of the U.S. economy in general and 12 percent about the high cost of living.

TL/DR:ও Extreme turbulence events are rare, especially ones that result in death or severe injury to passengers.

ꦬOn May 21, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 from London to Singapore experienced severe turbulence, killing one man and injuring several others. The incident drew global headlines, raising concerns about airline safety and the potential growing threat of turbulence to aviation.

Why it matters: ꦑExtreme turbulence events are rare, but recent incidents have raised concerns less than two weeks after the deadly Singapore Airlines event, a flight from Doha to Dublin experienced turbulence, injuring 12 people. In March, a LATAM Airlines flight from Sydney to Auckland had severe turbulence, hospitalizing 12. These incidents, in quick succession, have sparked questions about the increasing frequency of severe turbulence.

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How Dangerous is Flight Turbulence?

What happens now?ౠ Scientists believe climate change is increasing turbulence frequency and fear the problem will get worse. "Our latest future projections indicate a doubling or trebling of severe turbulence in the jet streams in the coming decades, if the climate continues to change as we expect," Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Reading in the U.K. told Mashable. Experts have stressed the importance of following safety advice while onboard an aircraft.

D-Day Quiz: 8 Questions on the 80th Anniversary

♍June 6, 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Allied attack in World War II that began the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.

D-Day saw over 150,000 🉐Allied troops landing on the beaches of Normandy, Franceಌ. The invasion, which remains the largest amphibious assault in history, involved forces from the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as many other Allied nations.

🐠The operation was a critical turning point in World War II, leading to the successful gaining of a foothold in mainland Europe and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.

How much do you know about the momentous events of that day? Take our quiz.

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